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There is always something happening at SORCO. Here’s some of our latest coverage:

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SORCO excited to welcome back the public with their annual open house

Announced: March 7, 2023

After a lengthy hiatus due to the pandemic, the SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre will be opening its doors to welcome the public back this May.

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SORCO continues to see raptors getting sick despite ban on rat poison

January 28, 2023

Even with regulatory changes and bans on the sale and use of rat poison officially implemented in British Columbia, the Okanagan's only raptor rehabilitation centre continues to see birds passing away from the effects of secondary poisoning.

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SORCO nursing bald eagle found injured in Peachland back to health

November 9, 2022

A bald eagle rescued near Peachland is doing well in the care of SORCO, the Okanagan's only raptor rehabilitation centre for injured birds of prey.

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'It just has to stop': SORCO happy to see permanent restrictions on rat poison

Oct 28, 2022

Regulatory changes to the sale and use of rodenticides that travel up the food chain and harm wild animals will be permanent in British Columbia — welcome news to rescue organizations that see the ill effects of the poison on an almost daily basis.

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SORCO glad to see possible changes to pesticide legislation

May 6, 2022

The SORCO raptor rehabilitation centre in Oliver is looking forward to the conversation from the province on proposed regulatory changes that will ban the widespread sale and use of second-generation rodenticides.

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Pair of baby owls saved

April 20, 2022

It is baby bird season in the Okanagan and the SORCO raptor rehabilitation centre in Oliver is already busy, taking in close to 20 young ones so far.

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2022 Open House cancelled

March 2, 2022

It will be another year before the public gets to come by the SORCO raptor rehabilitation centre in Oliver.

"We had to make a decision and unfortunately, the decision was to cancel it again this year," manager Dale Belvedere shared. "It's very disappointing for all of us."

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2021 Annual General Meeting announcement

June 15, 2021

SORCO will be holding its 2021 AGM Sunday, July 18th 2021 from 11am - noon.

Interested members of the public are invited.


Location is onsite at: 

8965 Hwy 97, Oliver

Please note: Covid-19 protocols as per current BC Public Health guidelines will be in effect. Masks for all attendees are mandatory.

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2021 Open House cancelled

March 6, 2021

For the second year in a row, the SORCO raptor rehabilitation centre in Oliver has had to cancel its annual open house.


This is the only time it is open to the public and a major fundraiser they rely on to fund their rescue work for birds of prey.

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Two tiny owls rescued

Jan 12, 2021

Meet Bert and Ernie, a pair of tiny owls who are SORCO raptor rehabilitation centre in Oliver's first patients of the new year. 

The pair are saw whet owls, the second smallest species of owl that lives in the South Okanagan, behind pygmy owls. 

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Rescue 30 feet up pole

Aug 11, 2020

A daring rescue of an osprey entangled in twine took place in Oliver Monday, thanks to a trained professional for climbing the pole to the bird's nest.

The rescue was facilitated by SORCO Raptor Rehab Centre

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Three week old owl rescued

July 18, 2020

A rare Flammulated owl only 3 weeks old was rescued by volunteer couriers and dropped to the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) recently.

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First baby owl of season rescued 

March 21, 2020

SORCO rescues the first injured baby owl of the season came in on March 21, estimated at one month old. 

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Cancelled SORCO open house major blow to birds of prey

Mar 19, 2020

Due to Covid-19, the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls (SORCO) has cancelled its popular annual open house, a major event that they usually rely on for a significant amount of their funding. 

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Wine tastings help raptors

Nov 7, 2019

Stag's Hollow, an Okanagan Falls winery collected thousands of dollars in donations over their summer tasting season to be given to the SORCO raptor rehab centre for birds of prey, located down the highway in Oliver.

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SORCO trying for normal

Aug 19, 2019

Dale Belvedere still gets emotional when she recalls the days that a wildfire threatened SORCO, the rehabilitation centre for birds of prey. 

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